Channel the inner Mrs. Santa in you and sew more decorative Christmas pillows this season! If you’re looking for design ideas, take a peek from these pillow ideas you can stitch up for the Yuletide season.
Decorative Christmas Pillows for a Holiday Makeover
Here’s a unique tradition you might want to try: Ask your kids to pick what designs you should sew for your decorative Christmas pillows this year. That’s what I do every Christmas and my little elves would heed my call with so much enthusiasm!
Last Christmas, they chose to make four reindeer as the focal point of our decorative Christmas pillows. I then sewed and decorated the whole house from that pillow design idea.
For this year, I cooked up a list of gorgeous and easy-to-sew designs for my kids to choose from and I am wholeheartedly sharing them all with you!
1. Reversible Fall and Christmas-Themed Pillowcase
Why not make two in the effort it takes to make one? This reversible fall and Christmas-themed pillow will help you design for two seasons.
You can use any type of fabric to accomplish the design. You start by cutting out craft felt to achieve a neat series of holly and leaves.
Then simply straight stitch them on the side or middle and your decorative Christmas throw pillows are done!
2. Quilted Christmas Tree Design
Christmas trees are very emblematic of Christmas. Its glowing lights and various decorations have a certain cheery magical effect!
Quilt this Christmas tree design in a pillow and recycle some extra fabric scraps you have lying around your sewing room. It’s economical and easy to accomplish.
3. DIY Pom Pom Pillow
Pompoms are fashionable accessories in clothing lately, so let your Christmas pillows in on the trend too. Your pillows with adorable pompoms will always look stylish and trendy no matter what the holiday or season.
4. Jingle Bells Pillow
What? Sewing jingle bells onto pillows? Now that’s inventive!
Not only do you get shiny embellishments in your home, but the kids will also have a new noisemaker to play with. It’s a bit challenging to sew the bells on slippery velvet fabric, though.
Try to use fabric that’s easier to handle when sewing this decorative Christmas pillow.
5. Red Stockings Hanging Out Pillow
Choose to sew these tiny red stockings and then attach them on your pillow with an interlacing twine. This decorative Christmas pillow is easy to sew.
You can also insert some tiny goodies inside for the kids to find on Christmas morning if you like!
6. Polar Bear Rustic Flannel Pillow
I got attracted to this pillow because polar bears don’t usually get to take center stage at Christmas. Well, it’s about time for this polar bear rustic Christmas pillow to have its time in the sun!
Just cut out a white polar bear outline and then straight stitch it onto a plaid pillow.
7. Silver Reindeer Drop Cloth Pillow
Rough and frayed-edged decorative Christmas pillows may be uncommon, but they are a sight for sore eyes for me! It has the rustic feel and it reminds you of how you once were a carefree little kid.
It’s really fun and easy to make this drop cloth pillow, plus they’re shockingly inexpensive. The reindeer silhouettes are stick-on made from a silhouette cameo, so putting it on won’t be much of a diddle-daddle either.
8. How to Make Buttoned-Up Pillows
Got old pieces of polo shirts from everyone in the house? Then this buttoned-up pillow sewing project will take care of them.
Send your son these pillows for his dorm room or furnish his man cave with these masculine yet soft pieces.
9. Santa Sleigh Burlap Pillow With Bell Tips
This Santa sleigh burlap pillow is easy enough to sew and decorate.
Here, the reindeer were just ironed on. Then the bells were painted with red acrylic to match Santa and the rest of the sleigh gang.
When you attach the bells, make sure they hang freely to make it look more natural. How will you know if Santa’s sleigh is coming without the bells jiggling, right?
10. Sweater Pillow with Reindeer Crochet Scarf
Start by following the sweater pillow tutorial and then proceed with the design. Cut out Rudolph’s silhouette and stitch it to the sweater pillow.
The crochet red scarf is a beautiful touch on this decorative Christmas pillow, too.
11. Tartan Plaid Pillow Cover with Wood Slice Button
Buttoned pillows are popular nowadays but these wood buttons are certified standouts. This tartan plaid pillow cover with wood slice buttons reminds me of fireplaces, Christmas trees, and Santa’s red suit…
I can almost smell the chestnuts roasting from here! Sewing on the tartan cloth is easy, it’s making holes on the buttons that are a bit tricky.
Once you’re done making holes, you just sew them on with cross-stitch and you’re done!
12. DIY Chalkboard Art Pillow
Sew this DIY chalkboard art pillow and draw your desired Christmas designs by hand. These are one of the decorative Christmas pillows on the list that’s quite flexible.
Once the holidays are done, you can just wash the cover and let the kids scribble on them. You will surely have loads of fun!
13. Satin Stitched Christmas Tree Pillow
Prepare a big stash of thread in shades of green when making this decorative Christmas pillow. Embroidering this satin stitched Christmas Tree pillow is as easy as one-two-three!
This may take some time to sew but the end result is all worth it. You will feel happily relieved and gratified after this project for sure!
14. Snowy White Sweater Pillows
I just love white Christmases and this pillow pretty much says it all! You can either find a snowy-like white sweater from thrift stores or recycle one of your old ones. Here’s what you do:
- Snip out part of the sweater you would like to use.
- Wrap it around your pillow.
- Seal it with white buttons.
- And you got yourself a nice snowy white sweater pillow!
It’s so easy, you’ll be done even before tea time!
15. Vintage Truck Christmas Pillow
If you feel like you’ve tried every design of decorative holiday pillows there is, then sew this vintage truck Christmas pillow for a change. It’s an authentic Christmas design that is so timeless!
Display this on your front porch and you’ll be the hippest sewer chick in town!
16. Deer Silhouette Holiday Pillow
This deer silhouette holiday pillow has a nice color combination that will fit into any Christmas-themed living room. It can easily blend in but it’s still eye-catching.
Sew this one up if you choose to play with darker colors this Christmas.
17. Letters to Santa Pillow
Your kids will love this idea for a pillow with a pocket to stash in their letters for Santa. For the design, a machine embroidery pattern of your choice can be applied.
Look for more machine embroidery designs and patterns here.
18. Poinsettia Pillows
Light up your living rooms with these poinsettia Christmas pillows! They shine as bright as the Nativity star inviting jolly good cheer into your homes!
All you have to do is sew the red or white felt petals together and you’re ready to go. Try spraying your favorite fragrance on them to complete the whole Poinsettia experience! 🙂
19. Deck the Halls Pom-Pom Pillows
This decorative Christmas pillow is too cute to merely deck the halls of holly–girl, it deserves an audience! Try to look at the Deck-The-Halls Pom-pom pillows’ tutorial.
It has a special portion that talks about how to cut the fabric with the silhouette just the right way.
20. Burlap Linen Silent Night Pillows
Sewing this simple burlap linen Silent Night pillow is quite easy. The challenge comes when you start freewriting the design over it.
You can either use a Sharpie or fabric paint to write your favorite Christmas hymn or message. Choose whichever comes easily to you.
21. Quilted Star Pillows
These divine quilted star pillows are absolutely precious! These star-studded elegant Christmas pillows were based on this amazing quilted letter pillows tutorial.
Just make sure to translate the page to get the whole tutorial just right and soon enough you will start rocking this design in no time!
22. Reindeer Windowed Pillow
You can either use brown wool or felt in making the cozy cover of this reindeer pillow. The concept is simple.
All it takes is a perfectly cut reindeer outline and a festive fabric to fill the space up. The rough edges overlapping the reindeer outline gives a 3-D effect on plain view, which is a definite plus for me.
23. Holly Berry Wreath Pillow
What a nice example of a classic decorative Christmas pillow to decorate around! This holly berry wreath pillow is a hot-glue-DIY project, but it will also work well with a needle and a thread.
Use an identical thread to the felt fabric and sew away. You can be sure that you can use it next Christmas, or better yet, gift it!
24. Christmas Tree Shaped Pillows
These Christmas tree-shaped pillows are so adorable! All it takes are two pieces of festive fabric cut into a pine tree.
Then you put the right sides together and sew the seams, leaving a small hole for the stuffing. Turn the fabric tree inside out and start stuffing the cotton in.
Seal it with a straight stitch and get ready to make more!
25. Snowflake Pillow
What are the chances of perfecting your own snowflake pillow? This design is perfect on a canvas, so if you already have some leftover from Halloween projects, then what are you waiting for?
Make this Christmas snowflake pillow and pretty sure you’ll love it!
Apply this magic pillowcase video tutorial in making your decorative Christmas pillows:
Which of the machine embroidery designs will you give a try? Share your thoughts about it in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.